SILENT REFLECTIONS on Tuesday 27th June at St Michael & All Angels from 7.30 - 9.00pm.. Open to anyone who wants to 'come and see'. Theme: Divine timing.

FRIENDS OF ST HELEN’S (FOSH). Please add your name to the list in church if you would like to visit Abingdon School Chapel on Wednesday 28th June. Meet at school reception in Park Road at 2.00 pm.

CHRISTIAN AID Summer Concert on Wednesday 28th June, 7.00pm, at Trinity Church, Abingdon with Carswell School Choir, Albert Park Singers & Abingdon Ladies Morning and Afternoon Choirs. Adult £8, Young People (11-18) £4 (incl light refreshments). Tickets from Rob King on the Traidcraft stall after the 10.30 service or Ruth Afako on 07554373637.

OXFORD’S 3rd ANNUAL HOMELSS CONFERENCE, on Saturday 1st July, 10.00 – 3.30 pm at The Kings Centre, Osney Mead. Tickets £10 (concessions available)

ART EXHIBITION as part of St Michael & All Angels 150th Anniversary Celebrations continues until Sunday 2nd July. Art work for sale. Cream teas will be served on Sunday 2nd July from 3.00-4.00pm during the Presentation.

FAITH FORUM is held on the first Sunday of the month (except January and August). Jane Morgan and I prepare breakfast for this event, but I will be standing down in December. If you are able to help please contact Pamela Martin on 01235 530996. The Forum on 2nd July ends the series on Ethics and the Bible and will be presented by the Team Rector.

2020 OBERAMMERGAU Passion Play. Please contact the office if you are interested in being part of a group visit.

TWO BEDROOM FLAT in St Helen’s Court will be offered for sale imminently. If interested in possible purchase please contact V Stevenson on 07840 648156 or 01235 529058.

25th June 2017 Second Sunday after Trinity

... so that we too might walk in newness of life (Romans 6: 4)

We are passing through unsettled times in so many ways at the moment—how are we to respond as Christians? I have had help on this recently from my Taichi teacher, and a Jesuit priest. My Taichi teacher is one of the most life-giving persons I know, full of wisdom (and humility; she would be horrified to know I was writing this!) During our last class she said simply that when livi,ng in unsettled times, we need to make sure our own planet is as well as possible, which would have a positive effect all around. Breathe in, and gather up all that is positive—light, bright, healing; breathe out, shed what is negative. As Christians we know that bright healing energy as the Holy Spirit, the giver of peace. The beloved Russian spiritual master St Seraphim of Sarov said something similar: have peace in your heart and thousands around you will be saved.

Your generous support enabled me a few weeks ago to attend a short course on pastoral psychology at St Beuno’s Jesuit Spirituality Centre in Wales, and we learned especially about positive psychology, how to recognise, nurture, and work from character strengths—the old-fashioned word is virtues!—in ourselves and others. This too was ultimately about healing, and cultivating that still centre of joy that ripples outward to heal and settle others , and foster peace. Our unsettled world needs us Christians, the people of new life in Christ, to know the joy and peace of the Spirit for ourselves, and then to be that joy and peace for the life of the world, in everything we say and do.

The Revd Dr Jane Baun, Associate Priest